Michael Cohen’s lawyer despatched a letter Tuesday to the top of the Home Oversight Committee clarifying Cohen’s testimony that he by no means sought a pardon from President Donald Trump.
Michael Monico advised Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., within the letter that Cohen had requested his lawyer to discover the potential for a pardon earlier than Cohen left a joint-defense settlement and turned towards Trump final June.
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Cohen’s public committee testimony final month “might have been clearer and extra full,” Monico wrote within the letter obtained by The Related Press.
Congressional investigators seem like specializing in presidential powers as a big line of questioning of their probes.
Cohen’s Feb. 27 declaration that “I’ve by no means requested for, nor would I settle for, a pardon from President Trump” set off a firestorm that culminated in Trump calling him a liar on Twitter.
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Cohen’s lawyer, Lanny Davis, and Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani went back-and-forth in dueling interviews and tweets. Trump weighed in on Friday, tweeting that Cohen had personally requested him for a pardon. Cohen denied that minutes later in a tweet of his personal.
Monico reiterated that denial in his letter to Cummings, saying Cohen by no means requested Trump for a pardon and that Trump by no means provided one.
Monico stated Cohen had requested a previous lawyer to inquire a couple of doable pardon as a result of Trump had “publicly dangled the potential for pardons when commenting about ongoing investigations.”
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“With that in thoughts, as a previous member of the joint protection staff, Mr. Cohen requested his then legal professional to debate with one other Trump legal professional doable pardon choices in step with the President’s prior public declarations,” Monico stated.
Nothing ever got here of that effort, he stated.
Cohen is slated to start a three-year jail sentence in Might.
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